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‘I’m going for it more’ – Novak Djokovic offers forensic video analysis of his improved serve


Novak Djokovic has a forensic analysis of his serve in a fascinating one-to-one with Eurosport’s Boris Becker.

The Serbian has never been known as the biggest server on tour, but since adding Goran Ivanisevic to his coaching team there has been a noticeable improvement.

He has demonstrated just how much it has improved at the Australian Open, and he believes it has added a serious new dimension to his game.

“I think my serve was probably underestimated as one of the weapons because I was so fortunate to return so well throughout my career and get myself in the rallies, moving pretty well and playing an accurate baseline game,” Djokovic told Becker.

“But the serve was getting me out of trouble a lot in my career, giving me a lot of free points especially when I was playing my best seasons like 2011 and 2015 [when] I had a lot of great percentages on first serves.

“So today and the last match I served I think over 10 aces which is quite great for me (16 against Ito and 14 in the first round clash with Jan-Lennard Struff) so it’s definitely above the average.”

“That’s definitely always a goal to improve serve it was one of the priorities that I’ve worked with my team,

“Trying to get more free points so I can swing through my rallies from the back of the court easier and get pressure of my service games.

“It’s great to see I’m going for my second serve more when I’m more confident but I’ve also been working on getting a little more reach trying to extend my height and works well.”

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